North Dakota Senate and Senate have new budget leaders; Legislators trained against harassment in the workplace

Budget drafters in the North Dakota Legislature have new leaders for top positions left vacant by significant turnovers this year in the House and Senate. Rep. Don Vigesaa, R-Cooperstown, and Sen. Brad Bekkedahl, R-Williston, will chair the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, respectively. New Republican majority leaders recently appointed her to head the bodies that … Read more

Oregon Veteran’s Home Celebrates 25 Years | news > Oregon

THE DALLES – The Oregon Veteran’s Home of The Dalles celebrated its 25th anniversary last week. It was the first of its kind in Oregon and is now one of two, the second being in Lebanon, Ore. The home was officially dedicated with a grand opening ceremony on October 9, 1997. The Oregon Veterans Home … Read more

The Pennington County Commission supports the proposed changes to the Electoral Code

Nearly six weeks after its introduction, a letter presenting proposed changes to South Dakota’s election laws received the Pennington County Board of Commissioners’ approval stamp Tuesday morning. The letter, written by Pennington County Commissioner Travis Lasseter and addressed to Gov. Kristi Noem, senators and representatives, the South Dakota Secretary of State and the State Board … Read more

Virginia needs to address the social media threat to democracy and our security > Virginia

The threat that social media poses to our democracy and our physical security has been a constant theme in media coverage in recent years. Here in Virginia we can count the lives we’ve lost. We lost Heather Heyer in 2017 when she protested in Charlottesville against a white supremacist march organized on social media. We … Read more

SHARE Iowa celebrates successful Giving Tuesday

Rachel George Kelsey Stupfell, Director of Public Relations at TS Bank, to speak about Giving Tuesday and what it means to TS Bank and the community at Full Fledged Brewing in Council Bluffs on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. SHARE Iowa celebrates community generosity this week after counting Giving Tuesday numbers, reflecting a commitment to … Read more

Wisconsin GOP Congressmen are calling on Tony Evers to ban TikTok for state use | Wisconsin

Wisconsin GOP congressional delegates have called on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to stop using TikTok for state government purposes, with a Green Bay lawmaker calling the popular social media app “digital fentanyl.” The state’s six Republican congressional lawmakers — U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and U.S. Reps Mike Gallagher, Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil and … Read more

The legislature should obey the law

Can we just go back to basics? If you attended high school in North Dakota you were taught the basics of our country that we have three branches of government. Even my 8 and 11 year old grandchildren can recognize what they are – the legislature, the administration and the judiciary. If elementary and middle … Read more

The South and the Southwest | editorial

SANTA ROSA, NM – Every time I return to my home country, I long for the good ol’ days of my youth. I was born in Ozark, Arkansas, where the Arkansas River Valley meets the Ozark Mountains, and graduated from high school upriver in Fort Smith. In between, as the son of a traveling pastor, … Read more

North Dakota Legislature Sets Table for Legislature 2023; Rep. Johnson is the new Speaker of the House of Representatives

North Dakota lawmakers on Monday began putting the pieces in place for the legislative session that begins next month. Lawmakers are in Bismarck for their three-day organizing session, which ends Wednesday when Gov. Doug Burgum is set to deliver his budget speech detailing his priorities and proposals. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Jon Jensen … Read more

Effective Rules Prohibiting Critical Race Theory North Dakota K-12

School boards across North Dakota must pass policies enforcing the state’s K-12 ban on teaching critical race theory after new rules go into effect Jan. 1. The Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee on Monday reviewed the one-page rules written by the state Department of Public Instruction against a number of rules from other state agencies. There … Read more